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Vitamin D and Depression

Vitamin D and Depression

Studies suggest that there is a connection between Vitamin D and depression. Depression has become quite a global phenomenon and is considered one of the most harmful disorders, and Vitamin D deficiency may be one of the causes, if not the cause.

Vitamin D and Depression

The Importance of Vitamin D

According to studies, Vitamin D is one of the vitamins that play a very important role in our body system. Basically, it acts as a hormone and is received by every single cell in our body. It helps build up our immune system in fighting viruses and bacteria that cause diseases, like respiratory tract infections, among others. Another is that Vitamin D also strengthens our skeletal system. For instance, it helps increase our body’s ability to absorb calcium, which is important for healthy bone formation and healthy blood production. Moreover, Vitamin D helps in cell regeneration. In the process of healing wounds, it helps in forming new skin–the more Vitamin D we have, the faster we heal. Vitamin D is also one the most important helpers of the brain. It helps the neurons transmit data to other nerve cells that allows us to move, think and feel.

Depression in Relation to Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D and its job to protect our entire body system have been taken too lightly by many, because most people are unaware of its significance. And it is one of the biggest reasons why people unknowingly suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. It is common in many individuals. Yes, it is common and we’re not even aware that we have Vitamin D deficiency. Do you ever wonder why sometimes you don’t feel good and often a little confused? Well, that might be the lack of Vitamin D in your system which could be related to depression.

Vitamin D deficiency may be the result of these factors: low sun exposure and changes in diet.

Research shows that 65% of observational studies found a link between Vitamin D deficiency and depression. Usually, this deficiency occurs in older adults—they usually feel exhausted, and oftentimes undergo mid-life crises. However, teenagers and younger adults are not exempted. As we know, most people around the world are generally tangled up in technology these days. Teenagers soak in online gaming and social media, adults with online home-based jobs or working in call centers often work at night and sleep during the day. As a result, this kind of activity may make them less exposed to sunlight, become physically inactive, and develop poor eating habits which are factors of having low levels of Vitamin D.

Many researchers believe that Vitamin D is vital to brain function; its insufficiency may damage one’s mental state, causing depression. As we all know, depression is a serious mental disorder that negatively affects one person’s feelings, thinking and action. The inability to function at work or at home and the disinterest in activities are some of its results.

Luckily, this type of illness is curable and can be prevented.

Symptoms of depression can include:

  • Being emotionally sad or feeling gloomy
  • Lack of interest in activities
  • Insomnia or being a sleepyhead
  • Change of appetite–weight loss or obesity
  • Increase in irrational actions or being strangely quiet
  • Increased fatigue or loss of energy
  • Unfocused, indecisive, and unthinking
  • Low self-esteem or awkwardness
  • Suicidal or having thoughts of death

According to psychiatrists, these symptoms must last at least two weeks before it could be diagnosed as depression. In recent surveys, only one in 15 adults a year is affected by this disorder.

Cure and Prevention

Luckily, depression due to Vitamin D deficiency is easy to cure or prevent. Here are ways to increase Vitamin D intake in your daily lifestyle:

  • Expose yourself to at least 2 hours of sunlight everyday – 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon
  • Consume vitamin D-rich foods like fatty fish, egg yolks, mushrooms, milk, orange juice, cereal and oatmeal
  • Take Vitamin D supplements

As we can see, the remedy to Vitamin D deficiency and depression is very simple and totally doable. Overall, I could say that a daily dose of Vitamin D will keep us happy and healthy.

Note: if you think you are suffering from depression, DO NOT SELF-DIAGNOSE.  Consult a psychologist or psychiatrist!

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References:
8 Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency; last accessed 2/2/2020
The relationship between Vitamin D and depressive disorders; last accessed 2/2/2020
The Truth About Vitamin D: Why You Need Vitamin D; last accessed 2/2/2020
“What is Depression?” American Psychiatric Association; last accessed 2/2/2020

Dr. Allamm Morales, M.D.
Neurologist

Dr. Allamm Morales has over 15 years experience in personal injury and a wide range of neurological disorders. He has privilege, and provides patient care in local Baptist hospitals.

He was Chief Resident at the Neurology Residency Program of the University of South Florida, and worked at the Florida Hospital of New Smyrna, and St. Luke Hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He also served many years with the Florida Neurology Institute, Inc.

Dr. Morales is a Diplomate of the American Board of Vascular Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Morales studied in Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL, had residency at the Caibarien General Hospital, Cuba, and obtained the MD degree at the Superior Institute of Medical Science in Cuba.

Fiaz Jaleel, M.D.
Physical Medicine & Rehab, Pain Management

“Life is short and precious. As a Physiatrist and Pain Physician my goal for my patients is to reduce their pain and suffering, enhance form, improve function and ultimately promote the best quality of life for that individual.”

Dr. Fiaz Jaleel graduated from the University of The West Indies in 1987. He completed a two year internship at Port of Spain General Hospital in Trinidad and Tobago. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL and went on to do a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis , MO. In 2007, Dr. Jaleel joined the team at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians as Medical Director. He is currently Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Pain Medicine via the American Board of Pain Medicine.

In Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Jaleel held positions as an Intern, House officer, and District Medical Officer. He has also practiced in Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota and Central and North Florida.

While practicing in Trinidad , Dr. Jaleel also worked in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Neonatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine and Community Medicine.

Dr. Jaleel has encountered many diseases, disorders and clinical situations related to multiple aspects of trauma including penetrating and non-penetrating injuries, motor vehicular accidents and concomitant injuries including intra-abdominal injuries, closed head injuries, fractures and burns.

When not treating his patients, Dr. Jaleel enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Jaleel has the following affiliations:
Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Diplomate, American Board of Pain Medicine
Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, American Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, Florida Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Medical Association

Deric L. D’Agostino, D.C.
Chiropractic Physician

“The health of a body is in direct proportion to the health of its nervous system. The nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body, tap into that and “miracles” will most certainly happen!”

Dr. Deric D’Agostino attended the Logan College of Chiropractic and has been helping patients at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians for the past nine years. Around here we call him “Dr. D.”

Dr. D’Agostino specializes in Koren Specific Technique and in the treatment of injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. He is a master of his craft and firmly believes that chiropractic treatment can not only help the body but also the mind. His sense of humor and the personal attention that he provides really puts patients at ease.

Dr. D’Agostino genuinely listens to the patient while working very hard to erase their pain-inducing symptoms. He is always seeking out continuing education and new methodology to add to his care repertoire.

When he is not helping patients find relief, Dr. D’Agostino enjoys training for sprint triathlons, gardening, as well as being an awesome father and husband. You will most likely find him at our Arlington location dawning a huge smile while drinking his homemade juice.

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